Welcome to
Milner & Associates Inc.

“You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you—And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.”

—Arthur Plotnick

Welcome to Milner & Associates editorial and publishing consultants. Founded on 30 years in the publishing industry and extensive editorial experience within the professional and trade division of a major publishing house, we have seen it all in the world of books.

We know what it takes to make a proposal attractive to a publisher and valuable to the author who writes it; how to make a manuscript come to life and communicate the author’s message effectively; how to package a book so that it looks as good on the outside as it does on the inside, and so that it’s appropriate for its intended market; and what it takes to market a book to give it the best chance for success.

Most of all, we know how to help you make your book the best it can be and how to guide you through the often mysterious, and sometimes intimidating, world of publishing—whether you’re pursuing a traditional route or a self-publishing venture.

As a writer, you are passionate about communicating your message to others. If you are a publisher, you are committed to producing high-quality content for your readers. If you are an organization, you are concerned about the integrity of your brand every time you communicate with customers, media, or other stakeholders.

Whatever your reason for writing or publishing, you need an editor, whether you know it or not. Someone you can trust to give you honest feedback on your work; someone qualified to help make your communication accurate and sharp; someone you can rely on to produce quality work on deadline; someone who can hold a mirror up to you and your work and to help make it the best it can be.

Milner & Associates is an independent publisher and publishing consulting company, owned and operated by Karen Milner. My primary focus is helping authors to publish their work, delivering the same high-quality product they would get from any major publisher, and providing extensive guidance and coaching along the way. 

I also offer à la carte editing, communications, and publishing consulting services to publishers and authors alike, as well as to corporate clients and other organizations. 

Before becoming an independent publisher, I was Editor and Executive Editor at John Wiley & Sons for over two decades, where I built three publishing programs in diverse categories (business, finance, and sports) from the ground up. I am accomplished at building and managing strong, enduring relationships and partnerships. A trusted, collaborative advisor, I am passionate about quality and about helping authors to convey their message effectively.

How can I help you in your publishing venture?